CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. (KGET) – It has now been two months since two little boys vanished from their residence in California City. There are so many components to this thriller. A Three-year-old and a Four-year-old vanish on a darkish, chilly evening in California City – round 76 miles east of Bakersfield. The metropolis’s 14,000 residents and hundreds from throughout the nation are looking desperately for solutions. Here’s what we know.
Three-year-old Orson and Four-year-old Orrin West had been reported lacking in California City on Dec. 21. Authorities nonetheless don’t know the place the boys may very well be.
“We’ve questioned multiple people, we’ve searched multiple places,” mentioned Chief of Police Jon Walker. “So at this point we have nothing that actually shows us or proves what happened to the boys or where they’re at.”
Orrin and Orson had been born in Bakersfield. Their mother is Ryan Dean. She gave the boys their delivery names – Cinsere and Classic. Their final names had been Pettus.
“I was living fine with them before they came and got them,” Dean mentioned. “A small incident happened.”
Child Protective Services took the boys close to the starting of 2018.
“I was at work, I noticed my baby’s cry wasn’t normal when I got home and I took him straight to the hospital,” Dean mentioned. “They say his femur bone was broken and twisted.”
The child she’s speaking about is Orrin West. He had a damaged thigh bone, however Dean mentioned she didn’t know the way it occurred. The final time she noticed her boys was at the finish of 2018.
“I have a good background,” Dean mentioned. “I don’t have a police record, never been in jail.”
In 2018, Trezell West, 34, and Jacqueline West, 31, grew to become the boys’ foster dad and mom. The West household adopted them in 2019, and renamed them Orrin and Orson West. But on Dec. 21, the boys disappeared.
“And thats all I want is to find our babies, that’s it,” Trezell mentioned.
Trezell West says his spouse, Jacqueline, was wrapping Christmas presents at round Four p.m. She advised Orrin and Orson to take their chalk and exit to the fenced yard to attract on a concrete slab. Trezell needed to construct a fireplace in the hearth and he went out the again door with the boys. He opened a facet gate and left the yard to collect wooden. He walked previous the boys as he carried the wooden into the home.
“I came in the house, saw them there, went into the house, came back out, didn’t see them there,” Trezell mentioned. “I realized I left the gate open and I panicked.”
A neighbor’s safety digicam reveals at Four:32 he jumped into the household’s white van. He says he drove round the neighborhood calling their names and speaking to neighbors.
He then referred to as police greater than an hour later. California City Police and dozens of locals searched the space for the children that evening. But the adoptive dad and mom say police advised them to remain inside their residence.
“The cops told us the best are out here,” Jacqueline mentioned.
“The best are out here searching,” Trezell mentioned.
Just a few days later, police bought a warrant to look the home. They despatched K9s inside a number of instances to try to seek out the scent of the boys. The chief says the canine discovered the scent inside the residence, however didn’t scent the youngsters leaving the home.
“I do suspect foul play,” Walker mentioned.
Law enforcement has gone in and out of the home many instances, often eradicating proof.
“We’ve looked everywhere possible in a house we could possibly look,” Walker mentioned.
They even dug up the yard in the starting of the investigation. But the chief says these searches didn’t reveal any new info. The California City Police Department has 13 officers. The FBI and Bakersfield Police shortly joined the investigation as supporting companies.
“We consider those kids our kids, and we’re not used to this kind of thing happening in our town,” Walker mentioned.
Police say the adoptive dad and mom have been cooperative. They have 4 different children – two organic, and two extra adopted. Walker wouldn’t affirm their ages, however the adoptive dad and mom say that Orrin and Orson are the youngest of their siblings.
Walker wouldn’t say whether or not police have questioned these youngsters. But he did affirm they had been taken into foster care and will stay there till a court docket case is settled.
“The parents are given a court-ordered case plan and if they complete what’s asked of them then they can get their children back,” mentioned Jana Slagle, a spokesperson for the Department of Human Services in Kern County.
Trezell and Jacqueline west haven’t spoken to the public or given any info on the boys since Dec. 23. They left their home in California City and haven’t returned since round Christmas.
“They’ve been back a couple of times to either take items out or whatever,” Walker mentioned.
Even although the West household wasn’t residence, anyone threw a rock by means of the entrance window. Another screwed a big signal into their entrance awning that requested “Where are the boys?”
“Even though it was violent, they did have good intentions,” mentioned Laura Romero, a California City resident. “They want to bring the parents out to talk.”
Police say the Wests at the moment are in Bakersfield – the place they lived earlier than transferring to California City in 2020. The prolonged adoptive household has launched two statements. The first provided a $30,000 reward for anybody with info resulting in the boys. And the second requested for the group to cease attacking their household.
“People took this very serious, we’re a small town,” mentioned LaMiya Patrick, one other resident.
Several companies and people have additionally put up reward cash. The varied rewards now add up $122,000.
“There’s more than just a certain family that’s hurting here,” mentioned James Robinson, a neighborhood pastor. “And this is a great opportunity for somebody to come forward with the right information and help us get to the truth.”
Ryan Dean – the organic mom – nonetheless lives in Bakersfield and has joined just a few of the search events for the boys.
“It’s hard but we have to stay strong for the parents, the mother and them,” mentioned Rosanna Wills, cousin of the boys. “The community’s been doing their part in a major way. Without them, we’d be lost.”
Members of her prolonged household have held a number of prayer vigils and search events, spreading the phrase by means of social media and flyers. They additionally made T-shirts, masks, and sweatshirts with footage of the boys on them.
“It’s actually keeping it alive in people’s minds and hearts,” mentioned Keisha Stevenson, a buddy of the organic household. “You just never know if they’re still out there or not. We have to stand on faith, don’t let our hope die, so it just keeps us going, we keep going, it gives us the push. It gives us the strength.”
Most lately — they raised cash for 2 billboards looking for info on the boys.
“Not everybody watches the news,” Wills mentioned. “So maybe someone that’s traveling can see it.”
One Bakersfield resident – Jennifer Nobles – has no relation to the boys however took cash out of her personal pocket to place up two billboards alongside Mohawk Street close to Rosedale Highway.
“I cant stop thinking about it,” Nobles mentioned. “Thinking of a 3 and a 4 year old child, out of nowhere just poof they’re gone? Never see them again and it’s going on two months. I just I can’t grasp that reality of it.”
Police say they’re nonetheless responding to each tip they obtain. Anyone with info on the two lacking boys can name the California City Police Department at 760-373-8606. To stay nameless you may name the secret witness line at 661-322-4040.